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The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) offers a series of Policy Briefs designed to provide a quick introduction to basic tax policy ideas that are important to understanding current debates at the state and federal level. This week, ITEP released four Briefs that provide an overview of basic tax policy ideas that help explain how all state and local taxes work.

· Tax Principles: Building Blocks of A Sound Tax System

· Tax Policy Nuts and Bolts: Understanding the Tax Base and Tax Rate

· How State Tax Changes Affect Your Federal Taxes: A Primer on the “Federal Offset”

· Introduction to ITEP’s Tax Incidence Analysis